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IowaWORKS ~ North Iowa,
600 South Pierce Avenue,
Mason City, Iowa. 

The Workforce Development Partnership is offering career planning workshops and services each month. There is no fee, pre-registration is required.  For more information on any of our workshops, please call  641 422-1521, you'll be glad you did!
0 South Pierce Avenue, Mason City, IA
Watch for coming events!

Thursday, March 27
10 - 11:00 AM

Discussion to include summary about the company, job duties, schedule, benefits, bonuses and an opportunity to network with company reps.  Take advantage of this great opportunity to learn more about WS Live.

Seeking to hire several full-time Member Relations Specialists.
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Building On Your First Resume
March 18, Apr 3, April 15, May 1, June 5, July 10, July 31, Sept 11, Oct 1, Nov 13 or Dec 4:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This class is designed to take your basic resume from the IowaJobs website ( or a completed resume worksheet to create a more professional resume on a Word template document.  If you have very limited computer skills, attendance at The Amazing Computer workshop is a pre-requisite.  Please complete a resume worksheet prior to class or bring a copy of your basic resume from the IowaJobs website.  Bring a flash/thumb drive so you can save your new resume!
Keyboarding 101
March 10, Apr 21:  9:30 - 10:30 AM
March 24, May 5, May 12:  9:00 - 10:00 AM
May 21:  10:00 - 11:00 AM
March 28, Apr 30: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Apr 11, Apr 25, May 14: 2:30 - 3:30 PM
Do you wish you could type faster or not have to look at the keyboard?  This class is for you!  This self-paced workshop offers typing tutoring and provides the user with typing practice.  Attendees will progress through units designed to help beginners with the basics as well as help professionals improve their speed and accuracy.
Second Chances
April 22 to 25 or  July 22 to 25:
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

This 4 day workshop helps job seekers who struggle with a less-than-perfect past learn how to effectively job search, write personal statements to address criminal convictions, prioritize goals, and answer difficult questions on applications and during interviews.

Successful Job Fairs & Hiring Events
March 21, March 28:  9:00 - 11:30 AM
March 24:  1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Job fairs can be an amazing opportunity for connecting with potential employers – the outcome depends on you!  During this session we will discuss how to greet and engage in conversation with perspective employers, selling your skills and strengths with a few brief statements, importance of appearance and preparedness plus a great handshake and gratitude, etc. Take advantage of this fabulous workshop focusing on successfully networking with employers!

Network News
March 34 or April 21 ~
1:30 to 2:30 PM

Latest and hottest job opportunities, networking with fellow job seekers, facilitated by an Employment Training Specialist and an occasional guest employer are what you can expect from this 1 hour open roundtable class. Learn from a multitude of sources to help with your job searches.
Effective Employment Applications ~ Paper and Online
April 4:  9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
April 17:  1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

During this interactive workshop participants will discuss steps and tips for completing effective paper and online applications.   Topics include having a master application, pre-application research, developing references, addressing challenging questions, etc.  Group will also view an online application(s) while reviewing common questions about completing.
Six Step Overview ~ RES
Each Monday and Wednesday of the month:
1:00 to 4:00 PM

This workshop provides an overview of the services IowaWorks provides and the Six Step Curriculum. Preregistration is required.
Step 1 ~ Maintaining a Positive Attitude
Apr 8, May 6, June 10, July 15, Aug 5,
Sept 16, Oct 7, Nov 18 or Dec 9:
9:30 to 11:30 AM

Strategies to maintain a positive mental attitude during periods of dramatic change. Identify Externally Imposed versus Self-Directed change and the responsibility to choose our response.  (2 hour session)
Step 2 ~ Designing Your Future
Apr 8, May 6, June 10, July 15, Aug 5,
Sept 16, Oct 7, Nov 18 or Dec 9: 
12:30 to 2:30 PM

Discussion on Job Myths vs. Beliefs. Learning to plan, recognize and cultivate your uniqueness. (2 hour session)
Step 3 ~ What’s Hot? Employment Trends
Apr 9, June 11, July 16, Sept 17, Oct 8, Nov 19 or Dec 10:  9:30 to 11:30 AM
May 7, Aug 6:  12:30 - 2:30 PM

Review Review the generated occupation list. Explore and browse job information. Be up-to-date on industry trends. (2 hour session)
Step 4 ~ Creating a Great Resume
March 27:  1:00 to 3:30 PM
April 9:  12:30 - 3:00 PM
April 21:  9:00 AM  - 12:00 PM

Identifying your strengths, learning self promotion and how to quantify your accomplishments. Selecting the resume that is right for you. Chronological vs. Functional Resumes. (2 hour session)
Step 5 ~ Top 5 Most Effective Job Search Strategies
Apr 10, May 8, June 12, July 17 or Aug 7:
9:30 to 11:30 AM

Top 5 Most Effective Job Search Strategies. Effective vs. non-effective. Using your strengths/preferences to target organizations. Internet research, networking, social networking sites. Top 10 Jobs. (2 hour session)
Step 6 ~ Interviewing & Negotiating Tips to Land the Job:
April 10:  12:30 to 3:00 PM or
April 24:  9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Preparing for the interview. Researching the company. Discuss the importance of practicing and/or using Interview Stream. What to bring to an interview. Setting goals for the interview. (2 hour session)
IowaWORKS Orientation
Mar 19, Mar 28:   10:00 to 11:00 AM
April 1:   10:30 - 11:30 AM
Apr 14, Apr 24 or  May 2 ~ 2:00 to 3:00 PM
Feel overwhelmed when you walk in our doors?  Let us help you get acquainted with what we have to offer and how to access what you need!  During this informational session we will review all of the FREE services offered at IowaWORKS.  We will also discuss the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program, eligibility criteria, and the steps to request individual services.  Attending this orientaion is required for all interest in possibly accessing WIA services.
Interview Stream – Give Yourself a Competitive Edge:
Interviewed lately???  Want to be more prepared and confident in communicating your skills and experiences to a potential employer?  Interview Stream is a web-based video interview tool that gives participants an opportunity to practice most common and industry specific interview questions.  Individuals may review their recorded interview(s) and send interview to an IowaWORKS team member for feedback.  Online interview tutorial also available.  Contact our Skills Team to schedule an appointment, 641 422-1521.
El taller de Servicios de Re-Empleo (RES Orientation)
tiene como finalidad enseñar a las personas a aprender a crear un Curriculum(Resume), Carta de Covertura (Cover Letter), Referencias(References) de acuerdo con la cultura Norteamericana, Evaluacion de Carrera, Entrenamiento sobre Recursos (Training Resources), Preparacion para entrevista de Trabajo, Busqueda de Trabajo, Llenar Applicaciones de Trabajo, Consejos para tener Exito. Ya que más información se ponen en contacto con Luis en 641 422-1508.
The Amazing Computer
March 25, April 22:  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Apirl 10:  1:00 to 4:00 PM

This four hour workshop is for those with little or no computer experience and is an excellent introduction for the true beginner.
Bring a flash/thumb drive to class.
Career Ready 101
Internet-based training program designed to help you prepare for the Nation Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) of for continuous personal growth.  See any IowaWORKS representative to set up an account for this self-paced training progarm that is accessible from any computer with Internet access.
National Career Readiness Certificate Testing (NCRC)
Each day employers receive stacks of applications for only a handful of positions.  With the National Career Readiness Certificate, issued by ACT, you can prove you're the most skilled for the job.  The Certification is the work-related credential.  Whether you're looking for a job or wanting to enhance your diploma or resume, the Certificate provides proof of your job skills that you can use with employers nationwide.

NCRC is a series of 3 Internet-based assessments.  No phones, backpacks, electronic devices or personal calculators will be permitted.  Proctor provides calculator, pencil, paper and earplugs if needed.

For more information and to schedule your assessment, please call our skills team at 641 422-1521.

Click for a list of local employers who support NCRC

IowaWorks ~ North Iowa has a skills development area available year-round.
Our hours of service are:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM and Wednesday, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

Staff is available to direct customers to computer software, publications and Internet sites that can help you research careers, schools, communities and obtain information regarding current workforce trends.

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